Vail School Pro Series wraps up
VAIL ” The awards and recognition party for the Vail Pro Series was Monday with plenty of hardware.
Eleven events were held this season and the Pro Series Crew would like to thank mountain operations, lifts, grooming, race crew, patrol and Ski Club Vail for making this year’s series a great success with a substantial increase in participation over last year. Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded in six ski and snowboard classes along with the Elite Top ten finishers receiving plaques.
Engraved belt buckles were presented to Brian Blackstock and Derek Redd as the overall race and freeride champions, respectively, along with th e Determination Award being presented to James “Danger” Mitchell, who completed and placed in the most events this season, all with his broken right hand in a cast.
If you see someone rockin’ one of these longhorn buckles at your favorite Vail Valley watering hole just ask ’em.
The instructor races have always been a key part of the Vail Ski School and have evolved as the resort and town has grown. These events are definitely part of our mountain history and for the snow sports professionals of the Vail Valley, a part of our culture.
As our business struggles to adjust to the challenges we face, we are hopeful that we will be able to continue next season with the support of Vail Resorts management. We would like to especially thank our Snowsports School director, Dee Byrne, for her unwavering support and instructor advocacy which has made the Pro Series possible year after year.
Maybe now she can get out of the office and show the youngsters how it’s done. Regardless of the challenges that lie ahead, the snow will fall, the lifts will turn, the sun will shine and we’ll all keep living the dream. See you on the hill.
Elite Top 10
Juan Santa Maria
Junior Men ‘s Alpine
Juan Santa Maria
Senior Men’s Alpine